Climate Lessons (141)
Climate Lessons provides tools, resources and reflections on climate change education for educators and communicators of climate change. This blog is posted to weekly with an educator audience in mind.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May of 2014, summarizes the impacts of climate change on the United States, touching on many disciplines: earth science, biology, human health, engineering, technology, economics, and policy. Explore the document with Dr. Fred Lipschultz from USGCRP (United States Global Change Research Project), then learn about related educator resources with Kristen Poppleton from the Will Steger Foundation.
As we get ready to celebrate our 10th year at the Will Steger Foundation, we want to take some time to give thanks to the many individuals and groups that are doing amazing work in climate change education.
The Will Steger Foundation has partnered with GO Minnesota at the University of Minnesota to offer an Innovations in Environmental Sustainability seminar for visiting international students each summer. The 3 week seminar combines classroom time with field experiences and highlights cutting edge climate change research taking place right here in Minnesota. Students live, travel, and study together, and have the option of spending a 4th week at our Steger Wilderness Center.
We are pleased to know we have the support of the White House as we work towards our vision of a climate literate society with a foundation of climate science knowledge, the comfort and confidence to communicate this knowledge, and the skills, attitudes and motivations to work towards climate change solutions. The following is reposted from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
We’re so excited to be able to share with you our newly edited curricula that is taking over the November Climate Lesson Update! You can download the newest versions of the Will Steger Foundation Curriculum Suite.
We hope your school year has successfully kicked off! It’s October which means the leaves are changing here in Minnesota. Get outside and enjoy autumn beauty with your students! Here are a few resources to help you incorporate fall into your educational setting.
We are headed to the North American Association for Environmental Education Conference in just a few weeks and we’d love to see you there! Check out all the great opportunities to increase your climate literacy!
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Energy Plan proposal this week. In the document, the EPA lays out how the United States will cut carbon pollution from existing power plants over the next (15) years. Without a national limit on carbon emissions, our nation’s health and wellness are being negatively affected. Our power plants inject so much carbon into the atmosphere, that our climate is changing. The Clean Energy Plan will help alleviate the harmful and costly effects from those carbon emissions.
Want to know about the impacts of climate change in your community? Talk to a phenologist (that is: someone who studies events happening in nature). While “global warming”, as a term, is going out of favor because it’s describing things happening at an intangible, global scale, “climate change” seems to get closer to home, leaving room for regional complexities.
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